Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wow, another year behind us. Simply amazing how fast time flies. Not much to report on at the moment but just wanted to wish you and yours a Happy New Year. Here's to a prosperous 2009!

Until later...

Beth (AKA Battina 68)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Showcase Results

Well, here I am back at work after being out for five days. Surprisingly, it's not that bad although there are a lot more people here than I thought there would be. Perhaps it's the current state of our economy that have people fearing for their jobs so instead of taking vacations this holiday season, people opted to come to work. Who knows. Anyway, on to the next topic...

After having my items on Etsy's show case for 24 hours, I got about 80 or so hits to my page. I'm not sure whether that's good or bad but it's certainly better than nothing. I made sure to feature the item that has received the most hits. Here's a photo of the earrings that I featured:

I'm proud of these earrings. I really like them, they're cheerful. I wonder why no one bought them? They are only $13. I already know the answer to this question. There are too many sellers on Etsy and I need to stand out. Perhaps take better photographs. I also need to find other outlets to market my jewelry in addition to Etsy.

I'll leave you with a very helpful post I found on Etsy's Forums. The post is written by Timothy Adams who has been very successful with selling handcrafted metal jewelry on Etsy and in other outlets as well. I'm definitely taking a lot of his advice and you might want to as well.

Until later...

Beth (AKA Battina68)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Etsy Showcase - is it worth it?

I didn't mention this in yesterday's post but I purchased a showcase spot on Etsy where I featured all of my top selling items. In my case, I featured items that I thought could be top selling if I were to actually sell anything. :) Anyway, it only set me back $7 so I figured it was worth a try. So far, no sales but I'm getting hits. I'm fine with that for now. The more exposure I get, the more likely I am to get sales....eventually. While lurking on the Etsy Forums, I read a post where a seller asked if anyone had any luck with the showcases. A majority of the responses were NO.

Any Etsy members out there? Have you ever purchased a showcase spot that resulted in sales in your shop? If so, what do you think contributed to your success?

Check out the new logo on my site - I made it myself:
Now I need to figure out how to get rid of that black line that runs across the top!

Until later...

Beth (AKA Battina 68)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

I finally made it to the 21st Century!

Greetings everyone and welcome to my very first blog! I am so proud that I finally got up the nerve to start one of these. I recently started a jewelry business called Dazzling Dangles and my items are posted on Here is the url to my shop if you care to look and comment on the items in my shop as well as my profile: I also started my own website which is a work in progress so you may be hearing some rants about that.

You'll see that I have a little of everything in my shop. I haven't quite come up with a niche yet. I really love making wire jewelry so maybe I'll go more in that direction. I've also learned how to fuse fine silver so that'll be coming soon to my shop. If any jewelry designer happen to run into my blog and have time to comment on any of my designs, I would love to hear it, good or bad! I have tough skin so I can take the criticism. :)

Well, I'm off to the grocery store so I'll have to end it here. I've become addicted to making jewelry and as a result, my fridge and cabinets are bare. :/ I will leave you with a few photos of some of my favorite pieces that I designed. I will probably continue to post photos so stay tuned.

You know, blogging is actually kind of fun. I think I'll come back!

until later...

Beth (AKA Battina 68)